Man’s mystery death

2014-02-13 00:00

A LA LUCIA man was found dead 120 metres down an embankment on the N3 near the Shongweni off-ramp yesterday morning.

Retired civil engineer Raj Naidoo (63) had gone missing on Monday morning. His son Sachin said his father had retired last year. Unable to stay at home doing nothing, he took a job as a consultant for a Westmead company.

Private investigator Brad Nathanson said they had searched frantically for Naidoo until 11 pm on Tuesday.

“I was contacted by his wife on Tuesday afternoon, informing me about his disappearance. She told me that he left on Monday morning for work. At 11 am she phoned him, wanting to know how the job was going, and he said everything was fine. But at 5 pm he SMSed his wife to say he would be working late. The wife was concerned because he was heavily diabetic. He survived on a daily dose of insulin,” said Nathanson.

When Naidoo did not arrive home by around 7 pm, his wife called him, but his cellphone was switched off. The family panicked and informed the police. According to Nathanson, on Tuesday the family also contacted the company where Naidoo worked, but were told he had not arrived for work on Monday.

“After the search on Tuesday, which ended at about 11 pm, I received a call [yesterday] morning from the wife, saying his car was spotted under the bridge on the N3 near the Shongweni off-ramp, facing Pietermaritzburg. It was not there when we searched for him the previous night,” he said.

The car was found with the doors locked and Naidoo was not inside.

Nathanson then searched the area, moving towards a bushy embankment, where he spotted the body.

“I went 120 metres down the embankment towards the river; that’s where his body was lying. I could not see any injuries, but I saw a very decent-looking and smartly dressed man. This is terrible,” said Nathanson.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the cause of Naidoo’s death was unknown. Officers are investigating the incident.

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